Time to celebrate vibrant gardens

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Six years of transformation has turned a disused piece of land into the vibrant Waitaki Community Gardens.

A small group of volunteers started the hard work of transformation six years ago after they were granted use of the 5 acre plot owned by the Waitaki District Council.

To celebrate, the gardens are holding their sixth birthday party on Sunday, February 2, with pizza, traditional party games and other activities.

Co-ordinator Sophia Leon de la Barra said they wanted to celebrate what the volunteers had achieved in the six years since the gardens were established.

“It’s just such a landmark to think that this place has been transformed from a paddock into an edible paradise.”

This year, they are hoping to develop an unused part of the gardens into a food forest and continue to make the most of the area, she said.

“It’s just going to get better.”

The event will include games including the egg and spoon race, sack race and piƱatas, as well an artist-led activity in making garden fairies.

Two bands, the Reed StreetPosse and Whiskey and the Wench, will also be performing.

The sixth birthday party will be held at the Waitaki Community Gardens, Chelmer St, on Sunday, February 1, from 12pm-4pm.

By Ruby Harfield

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD – Waitaki Community Gardens co-ordinator Sophia Leon de la Barra and volunteer gardener Allan Adamson (aka Grandpa G) with `Mavis’ the scarecrow in the garden which has been transformed over six years.